Mary B. Skeele, wife of Walter Skeele, the Professor of Organ and Dean of the College of Music at the University of Southern California was kidnapped in 1933. The ransom was paid and Mrs. Skeele was returned unharmed. A former student was found guilty of the crime.
Possibly related to the article “Clubwomen in Generous Response as Appeals Sounded to Unfortunates, Cheery Yule Assured for Many Homes, Thousands of Trees Lighted for Gala Programs.” Los Angeles Times, 23 Dec. 1934: B4. The article states: … Mrs. Queen Boardman, chairman of Christmas-Out-of-Doors, heralded the advent of the season … elaborate Christmas programs and the lighting of outdoor trees … Youngsters as guests …
The "Making of the Mission Bells" float features a floral rendition of the San Gabriel Mission at the back of the float with a priest (Raoul de Ramirez), and a forge in the front with a blacksmith (George Gantus), and another man in a cape (Arnoldo de Ramirez) and 4 visible ladies in Spanish dress (there were 5 in all: Norma Dana, Laurita Lugo, Calrito Lugo, Floretta Cortez, and Gracia Didier). The float was entered by the city of San Gabriel and is seen at the intersection of Orange Grove Blvd. and Colorado Blvd.
View of 11 men and 4 children standing outside of tents in a relief camp for people who were displaced by the flood following the failure of the Saint Francis Dam. About 17 tents are visible, with a wooden building the center and mountains in the background.